On Thursday, Hamdallah handed in his resignation because a conflict over authority existed within his cabinet, said government sources. However, the next day he withdrew the resignation. Hamdallah is a political independent and academic and was only sworn in office this past June 6.
He was the replacement for Salam Fayyad, who resigned following a long-term dispute with President Abbas.
When appointed, Hamdallah said his administration would only rule for a period of transition, until a unity government had been formed.
His appointment by Abbas filled a Palestinian Authority vacuum. The PA governs areas of the West Bank and experts said there would now be many questions as to how securely the vacuum was filled.
Just last week was the first time that the cabinet for Hamdallah had met. The cabinet consisted for the most part of members of the Fatah, one of the two main political parties and led by Abbas.
The other faction is Hamas, which described Hamdallah’s appointment as illegal since a unit government was not formed because of a reconciliation agreement.
Since 2007, a deep rift has existed between the two largest factions. This took place when Hamas, which won the previous year elections, ousted forces that were loyal to Abbas and then formed a rival government.
The two groups currently have ongoing reconciliation talks taking place. In May, officials from both sides said a plan to put together a technocratic style government before August and then would prepare for elections.